Out with the old and in with the new!
It's Summertime, and we all know what that means; It's time to RENOVATE!
Many businesses, large and small begin renovations and remodels during the warm Summer months. A time to freshen up your business both inside and out. To make this as smooth and quick a transition as possible, Here are some useful tips before you begin.
Have a plan before the actual renovation starts.
Identifying your priorities is crucial as it will help you stay on track and save you money on the commercial renovation project. Creating a plan before the actual renovation starts will help you and your team members stay on track and get the job completed efficiently.
Think long term.
It’s best to keep in mind that the purpose of your space might change over the years. A few things to think about for the future are more space for company growth, more offices if you take on more employees and more storage options as
the company grows.
Take your customers and employees opinions into account when planning a renovation. Their surroundings play a huge role in their emotions and the way they feel within the space.Employees and customers will appreciate the updated
look and feel to the space.
Reduce energy bills.
If you're renovating as opposed to just remodeling, consider updating your windows, lighting and HVAC systems to help save you money on your energy bills.
Hire a professional.
An experienced general contractor can be valuable when it comes to renovating commercial spaces. A general contractor can be your adviser, designer and builder as they have experience in all of these fields.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton offers a full range of commercial cleaning services. From Post construction clean up to the Specialty Cleaning Services listed below:
Air Ducts and HVAC
Biohazard and Sewage
Carpet and Upholstery
Drapes and Blinds
Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Give us a call today at 603-298-6942, and let us help you through your remodel or renovation process! Or visit our website for a full list of commercial services Here.
Summer is here, and with it; Summer storms!
Living in the Northeast means Summer storms that can include strong wind gusts,hail,heavy rain and lightning. We usually concern ourselves with our home or our car during storms, and how we can protect them. That is great, and it is
important to take all precautions during a storm. We can't forget ourselves though. We can't always be under the protective roof of our home when a storms rolls in. We need to know how to protect ourselves from the dangers that a
storm can bring.
Lightning can strike from 10 miles away, so if you can hear thunder, you are in danger of being struck by lightning.
If you find yourself caught outside during a storm, look for a substantial building like a school, office building or home to shelter in for the duration of the storm. Once inside, you should stay away from windows and doors and
anything that conducts electricity such as corded phones, wiring and plumbing.
If you are caught outside without a safe shelter anywhere nearby, the following actions can reduce your risk:
- Never shelter under a stand alone tree or utility pole. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects that are in an area.
- Lower your elevation, if you are hiking or on a hillside, immediately make your way down.
- Stay away from sources of water, such as ponds, lakes etc. If you are swimming, get out of the water asap and seek shelter.
It's always best to monitor the weather and postpone or cancel your outdoor activities accordingly. “If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat,” said FEMA Region V Acting Administrator Janet M.
Odeshoo. “Seek shelter as quickly as possible. There is no place outside that is safe when a thunderstorm is in the area.”
For additional information on storm safety visit,https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning. You can also find very helpful information on storm preparedness Here.
Spring and Summer storm tips
Spring is here and summer is not far behind..Spring and Summer are very unpredictable when it comes to storms. It can bring rain, wind and even hail!
In the Northeast we're used to temps going from 80 one day to 50 the next, This does take it's toll on us! This is why we need to be ever vigilant when it comes to preparing for the storm season inside and out.
Here are some tips for preparing for storm season.
- Assess. Take a walk around your property often to see if there is any damage. Especially after Winter!
- Check your gutters to make sure they are clear of debris and don't neglect to check the roof and chimney for damaged shingles and potential areas where leaking can occur.
- Trim and prune trees of all dead limbs and pick up any that may have fallen over the winter. These can become projectiles in a windy storm.
- Make sure that your sump pump is in working order; Winter thaw and Spring runoff can really wreak havoc in your basement.
- Always make sure that your outside items are secured or better yet; picked up and put away in the case that a storm is coming.
In the Northeast; we have many rural and secluded areas that are beautiful to live in; but with that beauty comes some sacrifices. Many of these homeowners deal with power outages on a pretty regular basis.
So, whether your preparing for a potential storm or are frequently without power; it's always good to plan for the power to be out for an extended period of time.
Think ahead. Make ice, lots of it. This will come in handy with coolers to keep your food fresh and also to keep your refrigerator and freezer cold.
Have a battery powered radio for updates on when the power may be restored to your area.
Make sure that your cell phone is charged.
These are just a few tips to help you have a safe and happy Spring!
Can water damaged insulation be saved?
Removing wet insulation
My insulation is wet! Can it be saved??
There are two types of insulation that most homeowners use. These are known as fiberglass batts, AKA "The pink stuff" and blown-in cellulose loose-fill.
Both are susceptible to attic water damage but in two specific ways.
Cellulose loose-fill, made of pulverized particles of paper and cloth, absorbs a large volume of water and compacts, losing the fluffy characteristics that make it an effective insulator.
Soaked Cellulose insulation will simply retain water and is very resistant to drying. Generally, wet cellulose is not salvageable and will need to be replaced.
Fiberglass is technically waterproof, inside an enclosed attic the thick batt retains moisture which degrades its thermal resistance properties.
Saturated insulation typically loses at least 40% of its insulating R-value.
Mold is another thing that should be taken into consideration.
Depending on how long your insulation has been wet; Mold growth may have set in. Be prepared to inspect your insulation before deciding between trying to dry or simply replacing.
Drying a large area of soaked insulation as well as detecting mold is a labor-intensive process that should be left to professionals. Due to the chance of contamination.
Chances are you're going to want to just replace the affected insulation. Mold is quick to grow and spread, leading to a potential health hazard.
If you find evidence of water leaks in your attic, don't hesitate to reach out for help because time is of the essence and mold is not far behind.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has got you covered! If you have questions regarding water or mold, Give us a call at 603-298-6942!
Fire Damage Restoration basics
Fire is a destructive force and can leave many types of damage in it's wake!
The obvious damage comes from the fire itself as it burns, but where there is fire; there is smoke,soot,water,chemicals used to put the fire out and a host of other problems.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has the equipment and experience to handle your unique situation, and with a restore vs.replace mentality; it's our goal to get you back into your home asap!
Although each fire is unique and poses it's own set of problems, there is a general process that is followed.
- Emergency Contact (When you first call us).
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment.
- Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
- Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces.
- Cleaning and Repair.
For a more in depth look into our fire damage restoration process; Click on this link.
And for questions about fire,smoke or soot damage; give us a call at 603-298-6942.
Spring rains are here!
Spring is officially here in the Northeast and with it comes the big melt!
If you want to avoid a flood in your basement or cellar follow these helpful tips:
To prevent water from leaking through your foundation, look to gutters for your first line of defense.
While gutter-and-downspout systems protect your house from rainwater and snow melt, they can also compound drainage problems by concentrating roof runoff at a house's corners close to the foundation.
To carry water away, attach a sloped leader to each gutter and guide water at least 10 feet from the foundation.
Downspouts can also be directed to dump directly into an above or under ground catch basin which will redistribute the water slowly back into the ground via small holes drilled throughout the basin.
Plug gaps and holes in basement.
If you see water dribbling into the basement through cracks or gaps around plumbing pipes, you can plug the openings yourself with hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk.
Check your landscaping.
Check that your landscaping isn’t allowing water to pool around your foundation.
Soil should always slope away from your foundation for at least three feet. If the soil around your foundation is level or slopes back toward your home, add enough fresh soil to allow water to flow away and allow at least six inches of clear space between your foundation and your landscaping.
Maintain Your Plumbing.
While most of the hazards that lead to water in the basement come from outside water; water and drain pipes inside your home could also cause an issue. Plumbing maintenance begins with using your drains properly, including sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets.
Waterproof the Walls.
Waterproofing the walls is an effective way of keeping rain- and groundwater out of your basement.
You can paint the interior of your basement walls with a waterproofing product, while a professional waterproofing company will need to waterproof the exterior side of your foundation.
Water in your basement can lead to mold growth and that can lead to health concerns!
Be vigilant in checking for water leaks in your home and basement to avoid big water problems in the future!
Preventing fires at your business!
Fire Causes around $10 Billion In Damage Per Year according to the "Burden of Tobacco in your Workplace, page 1 by tobaccofreetippecanoe.org"
Fire safety tips for the workplace are as important as fire tips for the home! Here are some tips for businesses:
Eliminate workplace fire hazards.
- Replace damaged electrical outlets, cords, cables, etc.
- Be mindful of overloaded outlets and circuits.
- Fire exits need to be free of any obstacles.
Prepare for emergencies!
- Follow workplace protocol and guidelines.
- Ensure that smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are installed and working properly.
- Conduct regular fire drills.
Employers should follow these workplace fire safety tips:
- Post clear fire escape plans on every level.
- Educate all employees on emergency procedures, exit locations and escape routes.
- Install and properly maintain all fire safety equipment.
- Use only electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory (i.e. UL).
- Immediately replace damaged, hazardous equipment.
- Only use three-prong plugs in three-slot outlets (and, similarly: two-slot plug into two-slot outlets).
Heaters must include a thermostat control mechanism.
SMOKE ALARMS ARE A NECESSITY, NOT AN OPTION.
Invest in smoke detectors for every room or office.
Test your smoke detectors and sprinkling system monthly.
Replace smoke detector batteries at least once a year unless you have a 10yr lithium battery detector.
Never disable a smoke alarm.
Provide for disabled employees by considering these two types of detectors:
- Audible alarms (pauses between the siren wail allow for auditory communication) are available for the visually impaired.
- Visual alarms (with a flashing light or vibrating pad) are available for the hearing impaired.
Know and understand the fire emergency and evacuation plan with these workplace fire safety tips:
- Plan multiple escape routes from as many locations as possible.
- Fire escapes need to be stable, secure, and easily accessible.
- Ensure that windows are easily accessed and easily opened.
- Never use the elevator.
We never know when disaster may strike! Keeping your self and your employees safe is the most important thing.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is here for you if disaster strikes; Let us take care of your business, so you can focus on your employees.
Biohazard clean up is serious business!
We have quite a lot of large facilities in the Upper Valley. From hospitals to supermarkets and manufacturing businesses.
One thing they all have in common is that they use hazardous chemicals. Whether it's a cleaning product or a chemical used in the manufacturing process; exposure to biohazard or chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences!
SERVPRO of Lebanon / Hanover / Littleton is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
We provide cleanup and recovery services for many different biohazard situations. Which include the following:
Crime scene residues
Tear gas cleanup
Meth lab cleanup
Any biohazard situation requires immediate attention!
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is available to you 24 hours a day at 603-298-6942.
Give us a call and let us handle it for you!
Post construction cleanup
Post Construction Cleanup
Remodeling your home or office can be a stressful undertaking!
When the remodel is done, you're left with a beautiful brand new space that is covered with a layer of construction dust that is nearly impossible to get rid of on your own.
If you’ve ever tried to clean up sheet rock duct or the fine sawdust left from the finish work, you know it’s easier to fit a square peg in a round hole. It seems impossible to sweep, wipe, or vacuum post construction dust without simple stirring it up and re-spreading. We have the solution!
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton have the products and equipment to make your finished project shine!
Hepa Vacs and filters
Duct Cleaning Vacuum
High Pressure Steam Clearers
SERVPRO RBT Drywall Dust Remover, Amor Guard and Wall and All to name a few.
A good post-construction clean targets these areas;
Outside of the structure
Walls, windows and Ceilings
Air Ducts and HVAC
Counters, Cabinets and Drawers
If you are undertaking a remodel or have some new construction underway; Call SERVPRO at 603-298-6942 and we'll be there to make it shine.
Fire Prevention is the key!
Common Fire Hazards
Kitchen fires from unattended cooking, grease fires
Electrical systems that are overloaded, poorly maintained or defective
Candles and other open flames
Smoking (Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, lighters, etc.)
Fireplace chimneys not properly or regularly cleaned
Heating appliances - fireplaces, wood burning stoves, furnaces, boilers, portable heaters, solid fuels.
Household appliances - clothes dryers, curling irons, hair dryers, refrigerators, freezers, boilers.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your homes electrical system.
For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom.
Smoke alarms expire after 10 years. So if your alarm is more than 10 years old, you should install a new one.
Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan with two ways out of every room.
Have all emergency phone numbers in an easy to see place and make sure everyone knows where they are.
Fire prevention is key! But if the worse happens, Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603-298-6942 and we'll be there to help you through this most difficult time.